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Thursday, 17 September 2009 12:03
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 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey said Thursday he will suspend at least one player 2-3 games following a rape investigation that did not result in charges.
The school released a statement from Pelphrey outlining punishment in the aftermath of the allegations. The release did not name any players and Pelphrey said he could not disclose specific punishments because of federal privacy laws.
Authorities decided against charges after investigating a woman's claim that she had been raped Aug. 27 at a fraternity house. The allegations were made against three Arkansas basketball players.
``Although the student-athletes involved have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, we expect Razorback student-athletes to adhere to a higher standard and code of conduct,'' Pelphrey said.
w many players would be suspended, though athletic department spokesman Kevin Trainor said it could be more than one. The school also said it would include educational programming, community service, additional conditioning and ``individualized meetings with an appropriate professional regarding decision-making choices'' as part of its corrective actions.
The school said the educational programs would be provided to all players.
``I can assure you that there will be meaningful consequences for those individuals who have violated team rules and have not met the expectations of conduct required of our student-athletes,'' Pelphrey said.
An 18-year-old freshman named three basketball players in the rape complaint, saying one forced her to commit a sex act and another began a sex act with her a short time later in a locked bedroom at the fraternity house.
Prosecutor John Threet decided against filing charges, saying the investigation didn't show that the woman was unaware a sex act occurred or that she was unable to say no.
John Bass, a Springdale attorney representing the woman, issued a statement of his own after the school's announcement.
of the victim's ethics complaint filed shortly after the incident.''
Bass has said the family might request a special prosecutor be appointed to re-examine the case because Threet has family ties to the university's athletic department. He also said a civil lawsuit was a possibility.
Since becoming the Razorbacks' coach in 2007, Pelphrey has disciplined players several times, including at the end of last season when he suspended Jason Henry days before the Southeastern Conference tournament for an unspecified violation of team rules. Henry is no longer with the team.
Former guard Patrick Beverley also said somebody wrote a paper for him while he was with the Razorbacks, and the NCAA put the team on notice about its low academic-progress rate.
Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart gave Pelphrey his unqualified support last week, and athletic director Jeff Long echoed that sentiment Thursday.
``In his tenure at Arkansas, coach Pelphrey has consistently and proactively dealt with inappropriate conduct and other team issues,'' Long said. ``Coach Pelphrey and his staff have my full support as they continue to lead our basketball program in a manner that demands student-athlete accountability on and off the court.''
 

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